KPSOM leaders and faculty members presented their research findings during the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) Conference at the Pasadena Convention Center April 11 through 14. At this annual event, presenters disseminate scientific findings from HCSRN research projects to inspire new collaborative efforts and share insights on conducting research in real-world care delivery settings. The conference brings together researchers, clinicians, health system leaders, study managers, patient-partners, and funding agency personnel together to network and spur new research partnerships.
“We are very excited to showcase KPSOM as part of the HCSRN Conference in Pasadena. HCSRN has served as an innovative consortium of research centers embedded in healthcare organizations since 1994,” said Jonathan Finkelstein, MD, MPH, KPSOM Senior Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship. “This annual conference plays a key role in research collaborations leading to improvements in healthcare for millions of individuals. Conference attendees include many members of the school’s faculty, based here in Pasadena and throughout the Kaiser Permanente system. We are delighted to share our work and learn from others in this community of researchers.”
“Are You Really Ready to Do the Work? Shifting the Research Paradigm through Meaningful and Equitable Collaborations” was co-presented by Lori Carter-Edwards, PhD, MPH, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Pastor and North Carolina State Representative James David Gailliard. The duo shared details on their relationship-building journey that led to a community-engaged implementation of a science pilot study on COVID-19 risk communication strategies. The presentation highlighted how an engaged approach, along with the impetus to identify community challenges and barriers to health and healthcare, aided in the co-design of authentically collaborative research.
“A Novel Health System-based Medical School as a Pipeline for Health Equity Researchers: the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine” was a panel discussion led by Paul Chung, MD, MS, KPSOM Chair of Health Systems Science; Dr. Carter-Edwards; Dr. Finkelstein; Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, KPSOM Founding Dean and CEO; and Lindia Willies-Jacobo, MD, KPSOM Senior Associate Dean for Admissions and Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. They shed light on the school’s Health Systems Science (HSS) curriculum, required scholarly research project, community-based scholarship, and healthcare quality improvement teachings and explained how these elements are designed to increase graduates’ leadership in the areas of systems-based research and HSS systems.
The KPSOM Office of Research and Scholarship also hosted a private reception for conference attendees to further network with students, faculty, and researchers from the Kaiser Permanente system.